Its a sad time when you lose a parent. However, after selling off the really, really valuable items at my Mums house in Epsom, Surrey, I freegled - via the Epsom Freegle group - from my home in Coventry - all the remaining major items the house clearers wouldn't take (you wouldn't believe what they refused!). Giving away these items - all of which represented family memories - to people who really valued them, turned a very difficult task into a total joy ( the rest of the family were expecting it to all go to the dump - duh!!) . All of these things had been much loved & rigorously maintained by my mother & father over many years: a 25 yr old Phillips top-loader washing machine, petrol lawnmower, beautiful retro dressing table & 2 matching wardrobes, teak sideboard, a large set of bone china cups & saucers to a Caribbean woman so she could hold an annual tea party in memory of her mum, a huge wardrobe to a theatre stage manager - I could go on & on. My favourite was the rather - superficially - clapped out old "war-time utility" style dining table & chairs to a grandfather who wanted to teach his grandson how to refurbish old furniture. Each exchange was a total joy.
a year ago on Coventry Freegle